Design and Display
The trimmed down bezels and up-firing speaker grille make this laptop look a lot like the MacBook Pro. But the presence of a Retina display on board draws the margin. That means there’s a major jump in resolution from 1,400 x 900 (2015 MacBook Air) to 2,560 x 1,600. The screen is positively sharp with vivid colors, making this laptop a more capable option for professionals that don’t want to splurge on the pricier MacBook Pro.
The new MacBook Air comes with the same screen size as its predecessor, but it has 17-percent less volume than before, thanks to the slimmer bezels around the screen. It’s also just 0.61 inches thin, making it 10 percent thinner than the last Air. It’s also lighter at just 2.75 pounds.
Though, this new macbook is not the smallest MacBook you can get , it still feels lightweight, and it’s slim enough to slide into any reasonably-small backpack. The display size is plenty big to get work done, though perhaps Apple could have benefitted from a smaller screen option to truly capitalize on the Air branding and set it apart from other MacBooks.
TOUCH ID, FORCE TOUCH TRACKPAD, BUTTERFLY KEYBOARD
Apple first introduced Touch ID on the MacBook Pro in 2016, and despite its disappearance on the latest iPhones and the new iPad Pro, it’s making a return on the new MacBook Air. It’s situated at the top right corner of the keyboard, and you can use it to log into websites securely, or make payments with Apple Pay. The T2 security chip is also onboard to keep your Touch ID data safe, while also providing secure boot and “Hey Siri” support.
The keyboard is the same backlit butterfly keyboard you’ll find on the latest MacBook Pro. It’s comfortable to type on. This new keyboard supposedly mitigates the reliability issues with the initial butterfly keyboards using a plastic membrane beneath the keycap. It also features the new Force Touch trackpad, which is 20 percent larger and delivers a realistic haptic feedback when you press it. This feature is exported from the MacBook Pro.
Apple also said the stereo speakers are 25 percent louder than the old MacBook Air with more bass, but we didn’t have a chance to listen to it. There’s a three-microphone array, which should deliver better quality and more reliable Siri activation.
PORTS AND PERFORMANCE
This new MacBook Air only has three ports in total, one of which is a headphone jack. The other two are Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports which makes the MacBook Air more versatile. You can use a USB-C to Lightning cable to charge up your iPhone, connect to high-resolution external monitors, or even power up an external GPU.
The MacBook Air is powered by a dual-core eight-generation Intel Core i5 processor , along with 8GB of RAM. You can upgrade to 16GB if you need more. There’s 128GB of storage onboard by default and it’s a solid state drive (SSD), though there are plenty of other options to choose ranging from 256GB to 1.5TB.
Apple said you can expect up to 13 hours of iTunes movie playboard with the 50.3 watt-hour battery. That’s an improvement over the current MacBook Pro and 12-inch MacBook.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The MacBook Air isn’t as cheap as it was before, but it’s the best value for a Retina MacBook, with an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, and 128GB of SSD storage inside. The price, of course, goes up from there if you upgrade things like the memory and storage, which now max out at 16GB and 1.5TB respectively. It’s as exciting as it is overdue starting at $1,200 (₦436 200).
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